The United States is the only country left from some (maybe not so) natural catastrophe
C'mon! How would other nations and institutions like UN and the Red Cross tolerate this non-sense? USA would be more isolated than North Korea. What may be kind of why we never hear any mention to international affairs or news on the TV or the radio. Also, what better to rise a religious, extremist and absurd society than a catastrophe.
- According to the website, the borders of the United States are entirely open and apparently there's quite a bit of immigration. That would suggest that the U.S. isn't the only country, but if it's good enough to attract immigrants who know that they're in danger, then that doesn't say a lot of good things about the rest of the world.
This isn't just some random target
Why expend so much effort? Sure, your original prey decided to hole up in someone's house. Why not move on to the next house? Or the next guy wandering the streets? Unless, of course, this isn't just a random bystander. Two likely scenarios:
- He's The Mole — The trailer shows the defenses of the house, which have likely survived prior Purges, failing. What if the man is letting the gang in?
- He possesses something valuable, possibly proof that the titular purge does nothing to reduce crime and exists solely to maintain control through fear. The "gang" is actually a government death squad.
- Jossed; He really was just a random bystander who happened to be targeted by a group of vicious psychopaths. Their logic for going to such extremes to get to him is essential "He's a filthy homeless person and we're spoiled rich brats who have the right to kill him." He is also stated to have killed one as well, further drawing their wrath.
- Actually, in a quick cameo in The Purge: Anarchy, the person is shown to be one of the Resistance members. Although one could argue that the events of the last film may have driven him to join the Resistance, it's also just as likely that he was a member before the events of Anarchy - the reason why the Polite Stranger would want him dead would then be escalated into not just a random person killing one of his men, but also because the person was also a member of a group dedicated to pulling down the Purgers from the inside.
America is a one-party state
From going on their website 
one can see there is no reference to any political party other than the one promoted all over the pages: the New Founders of America, NFA. There is, though, reference to unity
, and strength
through Purging. The corruption, stagnation, and decay of multi-partisan democratic government is passive-aggressively denounced, and there are hints of a mass political reorganization under the NFA, which they refer to as the "Great Integration". This means America as we know it is dead, though they still use the familiar symbols of American democracy, such as the same federal government, the state governments, the Statue of Liberty, the Constitution, etc. America has traded freedom for safety, forgetting Benjamin Franklin's words, and making a mockery of the original America. The Party symbol is revered as almost a new national symbol: the blue baptisia flower.
The guy who wanted to kill his boss ended up getting killed by said boss.
The leaders of this society have a deal with the elder gods, sort of like The Cabin in the Woods
, except on a more massive scale.
In return for a massive human sacrifice on Purge night they get prosperity for the rest of the year.
One of the members of the New Founding Fathers is Princess Morebucks
C'mon! She started The Purge in Townsville before!
- Think about it. Ben Richards took out The Running Man TV show, and things went back to normal but crime goes up during the next few years. And going by the NFA web site, the first Purge happened in 2017. Who's to say the Food Riot was just the first Purge taking effect?
There are a whole lot of 5-and-under children with birthdays in December.
The first Purge or two weren't murder sprees.
For every American who wanted to get their kill on, there must have been 5-10 who heard "nothing is forbidden, everything is permitted" and thought "gee, I've always wanted to smoke some dope/hire two hookers/drive 90 mph on the highway" or other similar crimes. That first night, plenty of people were out doing a wide cross-section of petty crimes and misdemeanors. But the next year, when the bona-fide whackos are sure that the Purge isn't just some trick to get people to incriminate themselves, the blood starts to really flow, with the petty offenders providing a target-rich enviroment for your spree killers and oppourtunity rapists. The 364 days after that are when people really start preparing for a lockdown, leading to the situation as of the film's Purge.
- In addition, the carnage of each Purge probably escalated drastically when people began targeting other people who killed or harmed friends or loved ones. This cycle of revenge and retaliation would likely give motives to people who weren't interested in violence.
The first film was Home Invasion, the creators have said the second film will be about people out on the streets trying to survive. At some point, though, we have to start going political thriller, to try to find out more about the Bigger Bad
the New Founding Fathers, and after that we'll get a rebellion that will basically create a war movie.
The sequels will eventually see the duration of the Purge extended.
Likely as part of an anniversary event (the founding of the New America) or as a means of quelling a coming revolution. It will be extended from 12 hours to a day, a week or even longer, and will provide the series with ample amounts of Daylight Horror
The benefits of the Purge will wear off over time.
The purge's benefits, especially 1% unemployment, will be subject to diminishing returns, due to the heightened employment being a direct symptom of Purge-related damage. As people get better at preparing for the Purge, the need for extra jobs will decrease, due to the surge of employment being primarily in areas like medicine, construction, and security, added solely due to the injury and destruction caused by the last Purge. Eventually though, people will build better bridges, buildings, and become more personally prepared for the Purge, and the costs will start to outweigh the benefits.
- It's just like USA generates income and jobs today, except that the destruction wealth isn't on foreign lands.
After the chaos of the riots depicted in the opening sequence of Demolition Man, society continued to collapse as Sandra Bullock later describes. The Purge was initially instituted as an intermediate means to bring the violence and lawlessness under control. However, as the credits to the purge note, it was becoming larger and more successful, and as a result it burned itself out. Only a few years after the Purge film, the violence prone individuals had largely been killed off or sowed their wild oats, and the remainder had become so scarred and traumatized that they renounced violence altogher. This allowed Cocteau to seize power from the rest of the "New Founding Fathers" and institute the reforms that led to the society you see in San Angeles.
One of The Purge sequels (more than likely a Grand Finale
), will end with The New American government outright deposed by revolutionists/taken over by a coup, who uses the "nothing is illegal during 12 hours" rule as a means to justify their actions.
It would certainly lead to a delicious Hoist By Their Own Petard
/Death by Irony
to the New America, but also gives plenty of room for an even bigger Downer Ending
than the other Purge films - such as if the new government extends "The Purge" to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
, until all of America is obliterated and eviscerated in the process
- According to the Other Wiki, there are two rules to The Purge: no harming government leaders, and no weapons higher than "class 4" (probably military grade), and anyone who breaks those rules is executed. So no, there can't be an ironic take down. Even if a revolution is successful, there won't be any irony to it.
- Actually, if we go by that standard, it's still possible. They'd just have to find some clever strategy to pull of the Revolution with lower-grade weapons, and not actually KILL any of the government officials. Lock them in a cell, and when dawn comes, Resistance members are all sitting at their desks, doing their jobs, rewriting some laws...oh, what do ya know, the new laws say that being responsible for something like The Purge is a capital offense...
- The rebels could just begin their massacre on a day that ISN'T Purge night. From what we see it isn't too hard to get a hold of some SERIOUS firepower (making one wonder what the hell "class 4" weapons are). Considering that the upper classes play idiot-volleyball the rest of the year, a sudden outburst of freedom fighting/terrorism would likely take them wholly by surprise.
The Purge is not a sustainable policy in the long term and will eventually cause a societal collapse.
The violence of each Purge is escalating with each passing year. It is only a matter of time before a large enough group of wackos decide that they don't want to stop all the oh-so-fun murder and mayhem just because it's 7AM and the cops have finally come out to say "time's up." Once that happens, the government will not be able to restore order.
- Anarchy shows signs of this, though the "wackos" in question are in increasingly organized La Résistance whose purpose seems to be turning the tables on the rich. In fact, there's also evidence that it isn't actually working to begin with, if the government needs death squads to meet quota.
Eventually the government will make participation mandatory.
The sociopaths are cannibalizing each other, reducing the number of people willing to go out on the streets and kill. As for the rich, word will start getting around that the Resistance will assassinate anyone who participates, removing their feeling of security. This will lead to a rapidly decreasing participation rate, until the only way the government can get people to kill each other is to MAKE THEM.
The next film will be about the Resistance breaking someone out of prison.
To keep things fresh they'll want to keep changing environment, and people have already brought up how it's probably hell inside prisons during The Purge. At the same time, they'll also want to stick with the Resistance angle. So, they'll combine the two: the Resistance will need to save someone locked up in prison, and will use the chaos of the next Purge to get him out.
One of Movie Bob
's questions (in addition to other crimes that can be committed on Purge night other than, well, "Purging
") is "Is Vegas taking odds on things?" This would give another twisted image of American excess that would be right at home with the New America that The Purge-universe is set in, as well as dogpiling other crimes (drug-taking/selling/producing
, black marketeering
, financial fraud
, etc.) in addition to the run of the mill Purging, all to simulate a While Rome Burns
The writers read tvtropes.
Anarchy basically addressed every issue this site has brought up (minus the absence of crimes other than murder), and used every idea we've put forward, up to and including the government sending out hit squads to increase the body count.
The Purge is set in the same universe as V for Vendetta (film).
- Interesting thought, since some exposition involves the Brit news talking about how barbaric the United States has become. A sort of True-Propaganda.
A future movie will be about the assassination of a disgraced New Founding Father.
This would make a lot of sense on multiple levels. One of the NFF As
is kicked out of the party, so he's no longer immune to the purge, but still lives in a highly secure manor, because he's still wealthy. The Resistance wants to kill him because it would represent a symbolic victory for them. This would allow for a movie with a more solid goal for the protagonists, while still allowing us to have the level of carnage shown in Anarchy as the guards and Resistance basically have an all-out war. Furthermore, it will allow for a lot more backstory as the target will inevitably be allowed to give a Hannibal Lecture
before being put down.